If I’m thankful for anything today, I’m thankful that Thanksgiving (at least in my household) is over. I should have known better than to try to cook a huge meal this year, especially with how sick I’ve been. Even normal everyday meals take me two to three times as long to prepare as they should. This holiday’s massive undertaking took me a combined (not including passive cooking time) twenty-four hours to prepare. That’s right – a whole day to prepare for a meal that’s consumed in less than an hour.
To say that I am absolutely exhausted is an understatement. I’ve slept nearly thirteen hours trying to recover, and I’m still exhausted.
So, how did the meal go? It went, and everybody seemed to like it. A few boo-boos, because I was trying to juggle too many things at once. There was a huge miscalculation on the turkey cooking time – the stuffing cavity was HUGE (and hubby would kill me if I didn’t stuff the bird), and even though the turkey was pretty much done at 6pm, I stood firm on not pulling the turkey out of the oven until the stuffing temperature reached 165. Luckily, I brined it, so the bird was still moist despite the overcooking, even though the drumsticks turned into jerky. Also, because it was a free range bird, there were very little pan drippings, so not much gravy either.
Everything turned out fine, although it was organized chaos. The pictures didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, but I’ll feature a couple of them along with the promised recipes in the next couple of days.
Next year, I’m letting someone else cook (or if I *do* cook, it’s going to be me and husband only with a chicken rather than a turkey and just a couple of our favorite side dishes). No more big Thanksgivings for me, at least for a while, until I’m feeling better.
The rest of you, I hope you enjoy your holiday more than I enjoyed mine!